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LL Bean Women’s Bean Boot review: a new, warmer twist on a Maine classic

The Shearling-lined LL Bean Women’s Bean Boot offers slipper-like comfort levels

LL Bean Women’s Bean Boot
(Image: © LL Bean)

Our Verdict

Big on both comfort and style, these boots are still fit for walking, so long as the terrain isn’t too technical.

For

  • Available in multiple widths
  • Fashionable and functional

Against

  • Soft soles
  • Lack of grip on the outsole

LL Bean Women’s Bean Boot: first impressions

The LL Bean Women’s Bean Boot is one of the latest iterations of an iconic piece of footwear – the Bean Boot – that’s been handmade in the brand’s factory in Brunswick, Maine since 1912.

With a full waterproof rubber shoe stitched to a tall, supple leather cuff, and lined with the same lamb shearling the brand uses in its slippers, the LL Bean Women’s Bean Boot is amazing to slip into for urban excursions and rural rambles. 

The leather upper is tumbled to make it supple, then triple stitched to the base. Inside, a steel shank supports your foot and smooths out the terrain. All of which adds up to a boot that’s significantly different to many others we tested for our The best women’s winter boots buying guide, but still impresses.

Specifications

• RRP: $229 (US) / £225.50 (UK)
• Sizes available: 6-11
• Insulation: Lamb shearling lining 200g Thinsulate underfoot
Weight (per boot): 1,588g / 3 lb, 8oz
• Colors: Maple & Brown / Brown

LL Bean Women’s Bean Boot: on the trails

LL Bean Women’s Bean Boot

The sole of the LL Bean Women’s Bean Boot isn’t as grippy as dedicated winter hiking boots (Image credit: LL Bean)

You can dress this boot up or dress it down – LL Bean’s shearling-lined Bean Boot takes a Maine classic and adds coziness and warmth. 

The Shearling lining pairs with Thinsulate underfoot for legit insulation against cold (see also: What to wear for winter hiking to stay warm). Just as adept as the original, the boot has good ankle support, thanks to lacing from the top of the foot to mid-calf. Grommets in the tongue let me fold down the shearling tongue when I lace them – best for dry, temperate wearing. And I have no trouble getting into them, thanks to a handy oversized back loop. 

There are a couple of negatives: the soft soles aren’t great for hiking on variable terrain, and the chain print outsole doesn’t grip as well as the kind of winter-specific lugged soles you find on the best winter hiking boots.

If you typically wear heavy socks, order these boots in your standard size. If you usually opt for a thinner sock, size down.